Welcome to Redmond
An innovative community known for its phenomenal biking trails, velodrome, and high-tech industry at the heart of Washington
Located east of the Cascade Mountain Range within Washington’s High Desert Plateau, Redmond is home to the headquarters of LinkedIn, Nintendo, and Microsoft, giving it its reputation for being a significant player in the tech industry. The Microsoft Corporation is one of the biggest employers within city perimeters, and as such, Redmond is home to many industry professionals and their families.
Unlike Bellevue, another city known for being a technology hub, Redmond doesn't tax income based on business and occupation, which makes it incredibly alluring to big companies and prospective residents. Aside from tech, Redmond is known as the Bicycle Capital of the Northwest because of its annual bike race. Redmond also boasts Washington’s only velodrome—an arena for cycling.
What to Love
- Numerous bike trails
- High-tech industry
- Derby Days
- Saturday Market
- Art galleries
People & Lifestyle
Redmond has a mid-sized community with a wide range of residents, from families to retirees. Known as the hub of Washington, Redmond's reputation statewide is for innovation and implementing creative and well-researched plans to maintain a high quality of life for all of its residents.
Throughout the last several decades, the city's population has grown to approximately 30,000. Redmond is a fast-growing, business-friendly market that has resulted in a boom of restaurants, shopping, breweries, lodging, and family-owned businesses.
Beyond that, residents enjoy the city's lauded public art program, open-air music events, and dynamic outdoor recreational opportunities. Even though Redmond is a fast-growing community, city leaders remain dedicated to preserving their core values and maintaining the character and charm of what was once a small town.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Officially the oldest market on the Eastside, the Redmond Saturday Market has been around for 45 seasons as of 2020. Between May and October, the bustling marketplace offers space for more than 70 vendors to sell their wares. Grocery vendors sell organic offerings such as meat, fruit, bread, jam, flowers, and cheese, while lunch vendors serve prepared foods like pulled pork sandwiches, pizza, sweets, and more. On Saturdays, the market typically hires a live band to keep patrons entertained.
When it comes to dining, Redmond has a variety. From mom n' pop eateries to barbecue joints, there's something for everyone. Baldy's BBQ opened in 2005 and has been offering mouthwatering meals to residents ever since. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Baldy's has won the award for the best barbecue in Central Washington every year since it opened.
For breakfast, you'll want to try Christie's Kitchen or One Street Down Cafe. Owned by Gary and Christie Bryant, Christie's Kitchen is tucked inside an inviting two-story brick building. Their freshly baked biscuits smothered in gravy is a local favorite. Elsewhere, One Street Down offers a calm, relaxing space inside of a cottage, and their menu changes daily.
Things to Do
The biggest annual event in Redmond is the legendary Derby Days summer festival, which is part of the Redmond tradition and dates back to 1940. Beginning as a race around Lake Sammamish called the Redmond Bicycle Derby, it has since evolved into a multi-day event including a parade, entertainment, beer garden, food, art, fireworks display, carnival, bicycle criterium, and contests.
Eagle Crest is a destination resort with multiple conference rooms, three golf courses, and several housing developments. The golf courses are top-rated, particularly the 18-hole challenge course. Eagle Crest also hosts the annual StarFest, a nighttime light display hosted from Thanksgiving through New Years Day.
Adventurers might be interested in checking out the famous Horse Lava Tubes, a series of natural conduits formed by flowing lava leading to the creation of more than 100 caves, including Redmond Caves, Spatter Cone Caves, Lava Tube Caves, and Rootless Vent Caves.
Creative minds will be drawn to Redmond's flourishing art scene comprised of galleries and exhibits. VALA Eastside rotates exhibits year-round and is passionate about involving the local community with their artists.
Redmond is serviced by the Redmond School District, which currently operates five K-5 elementary schools, two K-8 community schools, two middle schools, one K-12 virtual school, and two high schools: Redmond High School and Ridgeview High School.
The following are private and charter schools in the area:
- Central Christian School (private, PK-12)
- Redmond Proficiency Academy (public charter, 6-12)